Names Of Tianxi

SP 18 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Celestial Ravine
  • Pinyin Name: Tianxi
  • Chinese Character: 天谿
Meridian Information

Where Is SP 18 ?

SP 18 Location

  • 6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-costal space.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is SP 18 Used For?

SP 18 Clinical Usages

  • Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough, hiccup, running piglet disorder.
  • Opens the chest and circulation in the breasts - breast pain, insufficient lactation.

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What Diagnostic Patterns May Use SP 18 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Conditions May Use SP 18 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Points Are Near SP 18 ?

ST 17 Breast Center


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  • Never needled or treated, simply a body landmark for locating points on the chest.

GB 22 Armpit Abyss

  • Local Point.

KD 23 Spirit Seal


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing.
  • Vomiting - harmonizes stomach.

CV 17 Chest Center

  • Main point for tonification of the upper warmer.
  • Hui Meeting Point of the Qi - tonify and move the Qi of the body.
  • Chronic lung issues - cough, asthma, SOB, diaphragmatic pain.
  • Breast issues - insufficient lactation, mastitis.
  • Chest/Throat issues (rattling in throat w/asthma, difficulty swallowing, palpitations), counterflow Qi problems - guides the Qi downwards.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Important point for overall Qi (energy) in the body, useful for asthma.  

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